Going through old newspapers for details of matches, I have come across a few strange tales from the past involving Queen's Park and its players that appear to have been long forgotten: 

Footballer Fined - Lesser Hampden Incident (Scotsman, 2nd March 1927)

Disorderly scenes in Somerville Drive, Glasgow, following an incident at a football cup tie at lesser Hampden Park between Queen's Park Victoria XI and a team from the Corporation Tramways, were described yesterday at the Central Police Court, Glasgow. John Graham (22), a tramcar conductor, was convicted of having on February 5 conducted himself in a disorderly manner, committed a breach of the peace, and assaulted Wm. McKenna, secretary of Queen's Park Victoria XI, by seizing hold of him, throwing him about, and kicking him on the left leg. McKenna, giving evidence, explained that the accused and a Victoria player, McEwan, were ordered off the field shortly after the start of the game for a field offence. Graham and some of his supporters appeared to be aggressive, and he advised McEwan not to go the pavilion for a time as there would probably be trouble. Half an hour later, witness and McEwan, while making for the pavilion, were met by the accused and three or four companions, who were so threatening in their attitude that McEwan ran out of the field and along Somerville Drive to Cathcart Road. The accused chased after him, followed by the others, but McEwan got away. Witness asked Graham  to go back to the grounds, but the latter challenged him to fight and used abusive language. Witness refused, whereupon Graham gripped him by the shoulder and made to butt him with his head. A crowd gathered and there seemed to be a few free fights going on. The Stipendiary imposed a fine of 5 with the alternative of 30 day's imprisonment".    

FOOTBALL PLAYERS' ESCAPE

MOTOR CYCLE CRASHES OFF CLIFF (Scotsman, 6th September 1926)

Although Lawrence McBain was able to take his place in the inside right position of the Queen's Park team opposing Aberdeen in Saturday afternoon's match at Pittodrie, very few of the 14,000 spectators knew that only a few hours beforehand he had been in a serious motor cycle accident, and that he and his companion, Thomas Gibson, who had played in the Queen's Park Reserve team, had had an almost miraculous escape from disaster while on their way to Aberdeen. At the Redcliffe corner, where the Bervie to Stonehaven road turns to descend to Stonehaven, McBain swerved to avoid a girl on the road, bringing the motor cycle and side-car combination into dangerous proximity with the edge of the cliff, which at this place takes a sheer drop of some 300 feet to the shore. McBain promptly saw the danger, and jumped off, while Mr Gibson also made a leap from the side-car, landing only a few feet from the edge of the precipice. The next moment motor car and side-car combination went crashing over the cliff, to be smashed to pieces. Both Mr McBain and Mr Gibson belong to Dundee, the former, who is 18 years of age, being a clerk, residing at 4 Whitehead Street, and the letter, whose age is 21 years, being a hairdresser, residing at 3 Charles Street.     

 

Sicily Incident: Footballer's escape from Germans

Taken prisoner by a crack German parachute battalion in the Sicily fighting, Lieut. Hutton Bremner, the former Queen's Park and Motherwell footballer, made a daring escape. He knocked out the German sentry and, accompanied by a private soldier, walker through a German-occupied village and reached our own troops. Lieut. Bremner is a platoon commander with a battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders (Lieut-Colonel J.H. Walford) in the Highland Division. His platoon had attacked the village of Francofonte, which was held in force by the Germans. "From a ridge we could see some Germans coming, so my seargeant-major and a private and I jumped on to the road to try and cut them off," Lieut. Bremner told a military correspondent. "There were 40 Germans, all armed with automatics. Private Kail and I were taken prisoner." They were thrown into a hole in the ground, he added, and were kept there all night without any water or food. Remarking to Private Kail that he was going to "make a break for it," Lieut. Bremner hit the sentry on the back of the head and knocked him out. After officer and private had made their way through the village they ran into one of our own carriers.     

ATHLETICS NEWS - 22nd February 1882

"The 2nd Queen's Park are a plucky lot, and deserve to be encouraged. After their committee preventing them from competing for the 2nd Eleven Challenge Cup, they stuck out to a man and refused to play unless the committee would reconsider their decision. That has been done; the committee have swallowed the leek, and allow them to play under their "lord and master," Mr John Kerr. They should be able to take a lot of beating.

GLASGOW HERALD - 1st November 1886

DISGRACEFUL SCENE - AN ENGLISH PLAYER MOBBED

One of the most important club matches - the meeting of the Queen's Park and the Preston North End in the first round of the English cup ties - was decided on Saturday at Hampden Park, and the result was in favour of the English Professionals by three goals to none. The game, which was stiffly contested, and witnessed by between 15,000 and 20,000 spectators, terminated in disgraceful scenes, Ross jun., one of the Preston eleven, being mobbed by an excited crowd, composed for the most part of well dressed persons, and had it not been for the prompt interference of several well-known members of the Queen's Park team there can be no doubt he would have been roughly handled. As it happened, he was safely escorted to the pavillion. The incident that led up to the scene was an unfortunate one. It only wanted some ten minutes from the close of the game, and the match was practically finished, the Preston North End being in a majority of three goals. The local men, however, continued to work hard, and Harrower, one of their best forwards, and a favourite with "the followers of the leather", was being loudly applauded for a neatly executed run, when Ross, Jun., no doubt in the excitement of the moment, got behind Harrower. The English player then made a very questionable movement, which resulted in Harrower being thrown heavily to the ground, partially landing on his head and shoulder. He was completely stunned, and lay on the field as if seriously injured. The indignation of the spectators, which had been worked up to a fever heat during the progress of the game, and probably heightened by the reverses encountered by the local players, broke out in large manifestations of disapproval - hissing and groaning being heartily indulged in. An elderly gentleman rushed from the pavillion to the field, either to correct the aggressor or to protest against rough play, but Mr Geake, the secretary of the Queen's Park team, good naturedly persuaded him to desist, and led him back to the club-house. Meantime Harrower had slightly recovered, and although evidently suffering severely from the effects of his fall he gave what assistance he could, and remained on the field until the end of the game. 

The excitement of the crowd towards the close became more intense, and it was feared that the Preston player who was the cause of the accident would meet with ill-treatment. Happily, the Queen's Park players took in the situation at a glance, and when the whistle indicated the termination of the match, several of their number rallied round Ross. All at once they were making for the club-house, a section of excited spectators, numbering some thousands, made as if they were going to attack Ross, and the Preston North Ender, although defended by Messrs Gow, Arnott and others of the Queen's Park eleven, seemed to be in danger of receiving a severe chastisement. In an instant, sticks and umbrellas were raised dangerously close to the English player, and many blows aimed at him were parried by his defenders, who did everything in their power to reach the pavillion. Amid a scene, the like of which had not been previously witnessed on any athletic field - and certainly never approached on Hampden Park - Ross was ultimately assisted into the club-room, surrounded by a howling crowd, but even then he was not quite safe, and some minutes elapsed before the officials of the club could persuade a number of supporters of the local players to retire from the pavillion.

All danger was not yet over. A large and excited gathering remained in the vicinity of the club-house, and as Thomson, the Preston centre forward, was making his way out he was met by cries of "Here's one of them", and was obliged to beat a hasty retreat. The conduct of the crowd caused considerable anxiety to the the Queen's Park Men, and it was some time before the English players managed to get safely away from Hampden Park. So far as could be ascertained, however, none of the sustained any injury. On the whole the accident was a painful one, and without indicating whether the Preston player was wholly to blame, there cannot be any doubt as to the disgraceful conduct of a portion of the spectators; and the incident is probably regretted by none more than the members of the Queen's Park club. It was, unfortunately, not the first time that unfair tactics had been pursued on the football field resulting in an injury to a player, but so long as the spectators contented themselves with showing disapprobation of such conduct by hooting and hissing no harm was done; and it is a matter of regret that the partisans of the home club so far lost control of themselves as to attempt to assault a member of a visiting eleven.         

 

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